I've been playing with traditional Vandoren reed strenght 3, and Rico Royal strengt 3,5

I want to try the Vandoren Java.

What is the difference between red and green java? And is is a big difference from the traditonal Vandoren or Rico?

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    This is entirely a matter of what works for you. Not to mention that, if reeds are anything like what they were in my playing days :-( , you'll have to try at least a couple boxes' worth to decide if the good ones are to your liking. Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 14:47
  • True that what you prefer is a matter of what works for you, but I think the questioner is asking about the objective difference between two products by the same manufacturer. Since I haven't actually used them, I'll just post this as a comment, but according to their website the red box is supposed to be more flexible and have more "tonal body" than the green. My guess is that green will be a bit firmer and easier to control, but red may have more pitch flexibility. Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 19:47
  • As a clarinetist, I find that Vandorens are about 1/4 strength harder than Ricos. Commented Feb 13, 2014 at 18:31

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If you have a local music shop, I'd suggest going down there and sampling a few different varieties. I, personally, have found little success with the JAVA series and have seen better consistency in Rico Jazz Select (cheaper, too!).

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